Summer’s Architects

The following post was written in collaboration with Jonathan Daly, WGBY intern and recent UMASS graduate:

One of the great things about summer is how lively nature and wildlife becomes.  There is an abundance of ecosystems that thrive during the summertime, and it seems appropriate to study nature now or after students return to school when videos such as this can bring nature alive.

PBS LearningMedia features a multitude of resources on biology and the study of nature.  Birds: Designers, Engineers, and Builders of Nests features clips from the series NATURE — including video clips such as this one from Nature Nuggets — as well as activities, discussion questions and handouts that correspond with their respective lessons.  This resource will help give students insight into how and why birds create their nests and behave the way they do in the wild.

Be sure to check out this resource on PBS LearningMedia as well as the thousands of other resources that you can search by subject, grade, content area and more.

Art in Civilizations

 

WGBY Intern and UMASS Senior, Jonathan Daly, writes:

Art can tell us a lot about history. It is a cultural reflection of civilizations that have now come to pass. This month PBS is debuting “Civilizations,” a nine-part series that delves into different cultures from antiquity to the present. The show educates viewers on how art and creative imagination have helped shape humanity while giving insight into the diversity of the cultures that created them.

Measuring Histories with Sonya Clark is just one of many art related assignments Continue reading

Diversity in Autism

WGBY Intern and UMASS Senior, Jonathan Daly, writes:

As we learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder, the diversity of autism and the multitude of ways that it effects children become increasingly apparent. As educators (or future educators), we ourselves must learn how to incorporate new techniques that encompass the needs of children with autism into our curriculums.

In light of Autism Awareness Month, we want to share multiple resources Continue reading

Celebrating Professor Hawking

WGBY Intern and UMASS Senior, Jonathan Daly, writes:

This week we lost one of the most brilliant minds of our time. Stephen Hawking passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76. He contributed much to the scientific community through his work on fields such as black holes, the big bang, Hawking radiation.  His contributions have allowed students across the globe to Continue reading

Fred Roger’s Legacy — Teaching with Love & Imagination

Whether accepting an award before a celebrity-studded audience or demonstrating the art of tying shoe laces to his young viewers, Fred Rogers taught with love and imagination.

As a result, children loved him.  A recent article in the online periodical JSTOR Daily, Long Live Mr. Roger’s Quiet Revolution, tells how in 1969 children across the country sent in dollar bills and pennies totaling $4,000 to keep their favorite neighbor on the air.

Fred Rogers would have been 90 years old on March 20, and to honor him there are plans for Continue reading

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC Collection in PBS LearningMedia

The new PBS KIDS series, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, will have its broadcast premiere on WGBY this Monday, February 19. Based on the best-selling HarperCollins Pinkalicious book series by Victoria Kann, the programs will encourage children to explore the arts and spark creativity, covering areas such as music, dance and visual arts.

As Executive Producer Dorothea Gillim notes, “Research shows that participating in the arts strengthens children’s cognitive and emotional skills, and leads to higher academic performance.” Building on the animated series, PBS LearningMedia now has a new  Continue reading

A Cure for Holiday Stress — Gratitude

Whether at the end of an old year, with the stress and anxiety that holidays can bring, or at the beginning of a new one — and all the time in between — teaching and practicing an attitude of gratitude can be transformative — as suggested in this video from PBS Digital Studios.

PBS LearningMedia has PreK-12 resources to help you nurture gratitude in students.  From its Transformative Teachers collection (and The Dali Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT), a lesson plan for grades 5-8  Continue reading